This past Thursday, August 18th Celilo Inn was host to The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce event Business After Hours. Business After Hours is a monthly event put on by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. Every month the event is put on by a different local business and this month we at Celilo Inn were picked to throw the networking party!
Business After Hours is a networking opportunity for businesses in The Dalles, as well as locals that frequent them! Representatives from various businesses as well as Chamber members stopped by Celilo Inn between 5:00pm-7:00pm to meet each other as well as our guests. Although the majority of guests are Chamber members, every month Business After Hours is open to the public.
Celilo Inn wanted to make this Business After Hours one to remember, so with the help of our beautiful views and great weather, we provided complimentary beer and wine to our guests. Waving Tree Winery and Cascade Cliffs Winery were also on hand to provide our guests with complimentary wine tasting, which was a big hit! Not wanting our guests or participants of Business After Hours to go hungry, we had a BBQ where we served succulent Santa Maria Tri-tips, fresh, crisp salad and delectable brownies. Needless to say, our guests were well fed.
While our guests mingled with various business owners, the relaxing sounds of Bill Coones’ Jazz Trio played in the background. Bill Coones’ Jazz Trio has been a popular installment at Celilo Inn this summer and his upbeat and calming Jazz sound has set an inviting tone for our guests.
Wanting our guests to have the total experience, staff at Celilo Inn provided detailed and informative tours of the hotel. These tours included the history of the hotel which was originally built in the 1950’s as a roadside motel. As traffic patterns changed, the motel began to loose its main customer base. A few years back the motel was purchased by the current owners and the old motel went through a major over hall making it the luxury hotel that it is today!
All and all Business After Hours was a huge success, with over 70 people participating in the event. As we told our guests, Celilo Inn is a great place to stay for car clubs, as well as guests interested in fishing, wine tours, rafting, cycling, golfing or girls weekends!